Nicolas Ranger joined the firm in 2001 after founding a design firm in Québec City in 1996 and working on commercial projects in Montréal. Appointed director in 2006 and senior partner in 2011, he holds the roles of project director, project manager or lead designer in the institutional fields of transportation, culture and health.
Designing sustainable, high-quality architecture built within the established deadlines and budgets is a core concern of his practice. Sensitive to dialogue and the openness of large multidisciplinary teams, Nicolas Ranger's expertise is particularly relevant to highly technical programs and projects carried out near or within buildings that are maintained in operation during the construction works. His complementary qualities as a designer and manager, his collaborative approach, his technical knowledge and his leadership are put to good use in the role of Project Director he has held with Aéroports de Montréal and the STM (Société de transport de Montréal) since 2015.
Nicolas has also developed an expertise in the realization of innovative institutional projects, mainly resulting from competitions in the field of culture. The Raymond-Lévesque Library in Longueuil, on which he was responsible for execution, cost control and scheduling, was awarded 20 national and international prizes, including a prestigious Governor General's Medals in Architecture in 2014 — the highest distinction in architecture in Canada. He subsequently worked on the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, a 4,000 sq. ft. addition to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Gilles-Vigneault Theatre, both of which also received a Governor General's Medals in Architecture in 2018 and 2020. As part of the team formed with the Berlin firm Kuehn Malvezzi and Pelletier De Fontenay, he is the project manager for the Metamorphosis of the Montreal Insectarium, which is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
New design technologies such as BIM (Building information modeling) and the use of Revit software are part of his interests and he oversees their integration and structured implementation within the firm.